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What is the Body Mass Index ?

An index of fatness and obesity. The weight (in kg) divided by the square of height (in m). The acceptable (desirable) range is 20-25. Above 25 is overweight, and above 30 is obesity. BMI below the lower end of the acceptable range indicates undernutrition and wasting. Also called Quetelet's index.

Calculate your BMI

Calculate your BMI with the BMI-calculator below.

The BMI is only valid for adults over 18 years of age. The index can not be used for adolescents, pregnant women and athletes.

Calculate your body mass index :

Length: (in meters, for example: 1.75) Weight: (in kilogram)
Sex: M F  

Your BMI is: Comment:
Your ideal weight is : kg  
Minimum healthy weight : kg Maximum healthy weight: kg

For non-Caucasian people the parameters for the weight limits (obese, healthy weight) may differ. The above calculations and weight indications thus are only valid for Caucasian adults.


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